According to The Australian Financial Review, BHP is moving to produce greener coal under a deal to power its Queensland mines with renewable energy from state-owned generator and retailer CleanCo.
The agreement will see BHP coking coal mines cut their reliance on coal-fired power in Queensland and is the first of it kind for the company in Australia.
BHP is pursuing similar renewables supply deals for its iron ore operations in WA and Olympic Dam in South Australia.
BHP intends to power half the electricity needs at its Queensland coal mines from low emissions sources, chiefly solar, wind and hydro backed up by gas.
It currently sources 100 per cent of electricity supply from the largely coal-fired Queensland grid.
The mining giant expects the shift to renewables to halve the annual emissions from the Queensland mines by 2025.
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